During London Collections Men SS16, which came to a close yesterday, Christopher Raeburn once again mastered repurposed design using his signature surplus military materials.
As usual, the sustainable designer created a range of statement casual, utilitarian looks, consisting of parachute lining, sleeping bag material and life raft fabrics, in the form of streetwear staples – field and bomber jackets, cargo pants and t-shirts.
This season takes inspiration from Tom Harrison, a British anthropologist in Borneo, who worked passionately to preserve the region’s wildlife, before being joining the army during the second world war and managing to persuade the locals to support the British troops.
Contour map prints of Borneo ran throughout the collection, as well as orangutan prints, enhancing the jungle meets military theme. Cork was applied to panels of outerwear, representing natural resources used by Borneo’s Sarawak tribes.
In terms of accessories, the great ape animal bag is not just a fun motif, as proceeds will go towards protecting highly endangered species.
Another well rounded collection from Raeburn, who proves he’s still very much at the forefront of innovative sustainable design. Check out the full collection here.